World's largest Starbucks opens in China and it's 30000 square feet

Perk Up Shanghai Crowds Throng World's Biggest Starbucks

The world's biggest Starbucks officially opened today in Shanghai and who should be in attendance but singer, dancer, and tai chi master Jack Ma.

A new Starbucks opens every 15 hours in China, the company says.

Imagine 30,000 square feet of coffee roasting and Italian baking. After Shanghai, the second and third are scheduled to open in Milan and NY (2018) and subsequently in Tokyo and Chicago in 2019. Beans from China such as the Yunnan Reserve blend will be exclusive to the Shanghai store. The coffee bar, which measures nearly 90 ft, is handcrafted by a Chinese artist.

Once you get behind its enormous thick wooden doors, which are curved like a roasted coffee bean, there are two floors of theatrical, interactive entertainment. It also features a Teavana tea bar that was 3D printed using recycled materials, the release said. Starbucks said that the shape was inspired by an espresso machine. The augmented reality experience is woven throughout the Roastery. "And it looks so wonderful here, many people will come just to look".

Guests can virtually see them resting before they are whisked through copper pipes to the coffee bars, and they can read about the process a bean goes through on the way to becoming a cup of coffee. For comparison, there were more than 11,100 Starbucks stores in America in 2012. The eco-system is mind-boggling where customers could get everything they want under one roof. The company has already inked a deal for an enormous 43,000-square-foot Reserve Roastery in Chicago that's set to open in 2019. According to the release, users can buy roastery-specific merchandise, order bags of coffee, and access curated tours or custom tasting menus.

Located in Shanghai's Nanjing Road, the new outlet has been aptly named Shanghai Reserve Roastery Shanghai and is twice as big as the only other Reserve Roastery in Seattle and has been described as the "first fully-immersive coffee wonderland in China". There's a plan for similar megastore in Milan and NY (2018) and Tokyo and Chicago (2019). Chairman Howard Schultz told Bloomberg News on Tuesday ahead of the store's opening that China was on course to become the company's largest market in less than a decade. After its presence in China for more than 18 years, Starbucks now has more than 3,000 stores across 136 cities - over 600 stores in Shanghai alone. The recipe to success - knows the Chinese cultureand gains their trust. Not only it employs more than 10,000 employees here, Starbucks actually offers housing allowances, health care benefits and even critical illness insurance for parents of its staffs.

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